In 2004, when Sahara Conservation was established, many species were threatened with extinction, several of them occupying less than 5% of their former ranges due largely to decades of overhunting. One antelope, the iconic scimitar-horned oryx, was already extinct in the wild. Others, like the addax antelope and the dama gazelle, were reduced to the last few hundred individuals.
Our strategy will build on the achievements to date and the opportunities they provide for improved conservation of our focal species: scimitar-horned oryx, addax, dama and other desert gazelles, North African ostrich, and other threatened African avifauna, particularly vultures.
Sahara Conservation was established in 2004 to address the largely-ignored and catastrophic wave of extinction threatening the large bird and mammal fauna in Africa.
The MISSION of Sahara Conservation is to conserve the wildlife, habitats and other natural resources of the Sahara and its bordering Sahelian grasslands.
Our VISION is of a Sahara where ecological processes function naturally, with plants and animals existing in healthy numbers across their historical range; a Sahara that benefits all its inhabitants and where support for its conservation comes from stakeholders across all sectors of society.
A STRATEGY WITH THREE PILLARS:
FROM SPECIES TO LANDSCAPES.
Where We Work
Deserts are not barren wastelands. They are geographically spectacular, culturally rich, and home to an amazing array of exquisitely adapted plants and animals, many of which require urgent attention.